The most prestigious institution of the country, Delhi University has various societies which cater to different interests, thereby providing a solid platform!
Colleges in Delhi University have never been restricted to just academics. The cultural societies of DU offer a wide range of activities covering diverse interests like Indian Classical Music, Western Music, dance, debating, theatre etc.
These societies nurture your potential and additionally provide a platform by giving you adequate exposure. By enrolling in these societies, you will also get a chance to meet some privileged personalities, which can further shape your interests and provide a guiding light.
But being a part of these eminent societies does not come easy! Several societies and clubs require students to undergo auditions for selection. Many such societies pride over well-known alumni or personalities associated with them. Keval Arora, famous theatre personality, is the staff adviser of the Kirori Mal College theatre group, The Players. The Quiz Club, as well as the Woodhouse Society (a tribute to eminent author PG Woodhouse) at St Stephen's, have both been revived by college alumnus Shashi Tharoor.
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Let’s take a quick glance at the most coveted societies of Delhi University, which have gained popularity over the years because of their outstanding and extraordinary display of acts.
1. Ibtida – (The dramatics society of Hindu College)
For all you theatre enthusiasts and Bollywood freaks, Ibtida is the acclaimed dramatics society of one of the most popular DU colleges, Hindu College. Over the years, the society has consistently raised standards and expectations in theatre work and has emerged as one of the most sought-after societies of Delhi University. Celebrated film director Imtiaz Ali, who has delivered major hits like ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Highway’, was one of the co-founders of the society, which was established in 1991.
2. Misba – (Western Dance Society of Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce)
Misba is one of the strongest and prestigious western dance societies in DU. Popular for their versatility and team coordination; they bagged the winner trophy at the college dance fests of IIM Ahmedabad, JDMC, Hansraj, CBS in the year 2013.
3. Mudra – (The Western Dance Society of Jesus and Mary College)
Mudra, the Western Dance Society of JMC stands for vibrancy, energy and passion. The Society presently has 24 members drawn from various courses of study. The Western Dance Society of this college is all about poise and glamour which they portray through their captivating performances each year at various festivals across colleges and independent shows.
4. The Dance Society of Lady Shri Ram College
The Dance Society of LSR brings together various dance forms – from the Allatipurs of the Shane and pirouettes from the traditional, from Rajasthani Ghoomar to the contemporary forum. The practise sessions are extremely tedious and gruelling, but at the same time extremely rewarding. The Society has won prizes at several inter-college events. The Choreography Team won the first prize at competitions held at Lady Irwin College, College of Business Studies, Hansraj College, and Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology.
5. Swaranjali – (Music Society of Hansraj College)
Fascinated by Indian classical music? Swaranjali has established a phenomenal position in the university music circuit for quite some time. The society has set a benchmark in the annual cultural festivals of AIIMS, Lady Shri Ram College, IIT Delhi to the prestigious Mood Indigo, IIT Mumbai. To add to the repertoire of achievements, Swaranjali was awarded the ‘Best Music Society’ Award at Mood Indigo, IIT Mumbai (Asia's largest festival of its kind) for the 2nd time in a row in the year 2014, as well as bagged the ‘Best Outstation College’ Award.
6. Ankur – (Street Theatre Society of S.G.T.B Khalsa College)
The team of highly talented and creative actors at Ankur has set numerous benchmarks in street theatre by showcasing thought provoking plays which question religion, relationships and money. Their play, ‘We, the people!’ which emphasized on popular participation in a democracy was highly talked about and praised. They won in Montague (Jesus and Mary College), Reverie (Gargi College) and Tempest (Miranda House) and were runner’s up in Tarang (LSR) and Mecca (Hindu College).
7. Conundrum – (The Rock Band of P.G.D.A.V College)
If you love bands like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Radiohead and Coldplay, you simply cannot ignore these rock musicians from P.G.D.A.V College. ‘Conundrum’ with its original compositions like Temporal Drifts, Pretend and Bliss emerged victorious at fests like Crossroads and Confluence. They have also performed at leading festivals like SRCC’s Crossroads, Gargi College’s Reverie, Sri Venkateswara College’s Nexus, LSR’s Tarang, Hans Raj’s Confluence, I.P. College for Women’s Shruti, Daulat Ram College’s Manjari, Hindu College’s Mecca, Jesus and Mary College’s Montage and so on.
8. The Debating Society – (St. Stephen’s College)
If you love intelligent arguments in a structured format, The Debating Society at St. Stephen’s College is the place to be! The society has set a benchmark in debating competitions held across various colleges in the country. The Debating Society handles Conventional, Parliamentary as well as other forms of debate activities. All representation at such events is done through the Society. The Debating Society has participated and excelled in acclaimed competitions such as the ‘Mukarji Memorial Debate’, as well as the International British Parliamentary Debate Tournament.
9. Parivartan – (The Gender Forum of Kirori Mal College)
Are you appalled by social injustice? Want to be a catalyst of change? Parivartan, the Gender Forum of Kirori Mal College organizes and conducts a number of formal and informal discussions on various issues related to gender. In these participatory and exploratory discussions a number of burning issues like Domestic Violence Act, Rape, AIDS, Gender Sensitization etc. are addressed.
10. Glitz – (The fashion society of Kamala Nehru College)
Aware of the latest fashion trends? Passionate about shoes, bags, clothes and most importantly style? Glitz, the fashion society of Kamala Nehru College is a Fashion society like no other. No games, no politics, and no outside help. This team consisting of models and backstage crew focuses on one thing and one thing only, winning, with a common love, a love for fashion. Today, Glitz is a well-known name in the Fashion Society circuit. Colleges love seeing these girls perform at their fests, and judges are in awe with the freshness and originality brought to the garments and choreography by the team.